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    Question Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    Dear friends,

    In the following dialog, would you please help to improve the sentences?Especially, is the usage of the words underlined correct?

    A: Doctors suggest that if you have a bloody nose, you lean your head forward, not back.

    B: Really? So I've been doing it wrong for ten years, and so have the hundreds of kids I have taught!

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    The sentences are fine as they are.

    Rover

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The sentences are fine as they are.

    Rover
    Can we say "I've been doing it wrong for ten years, so did/do the hundreds of kids I've taught"?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Can we say "I've been doing it wrong for ten years, so did/do the hundreds of kids I've taught"?

    Thank you!
    No, use "have".

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Can we say "I've been doing it wrong for ten years, so did/do the hundreds of kids I've taught"?

    Thank you!
    You can only use the second half of the sentence, if you change the start to "I did it wrong for ten years ..."

    If you start with "I've been doing it wrong ..." then continue with "so have the kids ..."
    If you start with "I did it wrong ..." then continue with "so did the kids ..."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    Sightly off-topic, but I'd say 'nose-bleed' rather than 'bloody nose'.

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sightly off-topic, but I'd say 'nose-bleed' rather than 'bloody nose'.
    Agreed, but I wouldn't use a hyphen.

    If you give someone a bloody nose, you have punched them in the face.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Is the auxiliary verb 'have' correct when we use the word 'so' to mean 'also'?

    I understand it now. Thank you all!

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